Thursday, May 23, 2024


The First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Sunday, May 26, 2024


Collect for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life

to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit:

Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel,

that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Readings for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6:1-8

Canticle 13

Romans 8:12-17

John 3:1-17

Worship Booklet for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday

2024 Altar Flowers

The altar flowers for May 26, 2024 are given by Barbara Duncan in memory of her sister, Darlene Standard.

Our 2024 Altar Flower sign-up is available in the Narthex. If you are not able to sign up in person, please contact the office to see if your desired date is available. If you donate online, please contact Maria with your dedication:

Suggested donation is $40.00.


Memorial Day Prayer

O God of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. We ask your strength, that we might dedicate ourselves to your kingdom of peace and justice among nations. Let us give thanks for the many blessings of freedom which we possess, purchased at the cost of many lives and sacrifices. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. We commend these fallen heroes to your mercy and ask that you give them eternal rest. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Memorial Day Roll Call

Memorial Day: A Time to Pause and Remember

CAPT Tierian Randy Cash, EDSD Military Missioner, retired

Memorial Day, perhaps more than any other holiday, was born of necessity. Deep inside all of us lies a fundamental desire to make sense of life and our place in it and the world. What we have been given, what we will do with it and what we will pass to the next generation is all part of an unfolding history, a continuum that links one soul to another.

Abraham Lincoln undoubtedly pondered such thoughts in the late fall of 1863. His darkest fear was that he might well be the last President of the United States, a nation embroiled in the self-destruction of what he described as “a great civil war…testing whether the nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure.” He began his remarks with those words as he stood on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19th of that year.

The speech that became known as Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address turned into what might be called the first observance of Memorial Day. Lincoln’s purpose that day was to dedicate a portion of the battlefield as a cemetery for the thousands of men, both living and dead, who consecrated that soil in the sacrifice of battle. Said Abraham Lincoln: “That from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause which they gave the last full measure of devotion…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…”

While exceptional valor and sacrifice has occurred in all of America’s wars, we did not always honor our fallen with a day dedicated in their honor. In fact, the first Memorial Day was not called Memorial Day. David W. Blight, a professor of history at Yale, believes it was celebrated with a parade of freed enslaved peoples and Union soldiers marching through Charleston, South Carolina in 1865. Not long after the Civil War ended, freed enslaved peoples, members of the U.S. Colored Troops, and some locals organized a ceremony to bury Union troops who died due to horrendous conditions of a prison created at what was once a racetrack. They honored the dead by singing hymns and placing flowers on their graves. Within the cemetery enclosure, a black children’s choir sang “We’ll Rally Around the Flag,” the “Star Spangled Banner,” and spirituals before a series of black ministers read from the Bible. An archway over the cemetery was engraved with the words “Martyrs of the Race Course.”

Waterloo, New York, is also considered the birthplace of Memorial Day because after it was observed there on May 5, 1866, General John Murray and General John A. Logan called on all communities to honor the war dead every year. Logan had been impressed with how the South had honored their fallen soldiers. In 1868, Logan, the head of the prominent veteran’s group, the Grand Army of the Republic, issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” be observed nationwide. The date chosen was May 30 – specifically because it was not on the anniversary of a battle. Still, some communities did not want to honor “Decoration Day” because of lingering resentments from the Civil War. The alternative name, “Memorial Day,” wasn’t commonly used until World War II. Federal law recognized the holiday as “Memorial Day” in 1967.

From our founding Revolution to the ongoing Global War on Terrorism, nearly one million men and women in the Armed Forces have sacrificed their lives while defending America in times of war. Each of them has a story to tell, the crosses and stars of David at Normandy, the markers at the Punchbowl in Hawaii, the tombs at Arlington, and the fallen heroes who rest in places unknown.

The numbers of our fallen heroes are not just statistics. They are real people with real families who worship at real churches and live in real communities.

We can best honor their sacrifice by remembering their families, who have lost so much. Long after the battlefield guns have been silenced and the bombs stop exploding, the children of our fallen warriors will still be missing a parent. Spouses will be without their life partners. Parents will continue to grieve for their sons and daughters that died too early.

Americans must remember that freedom comes with a price. In fact, it’s only possible because our fallen heroes have paid that high price. A price paid which enables us to have ceremonies and observances in towns across our nation. As the unofficial beginning of summer, let us never lose focus of what Memorial Day means. It is not about beaches, picnics, or auto races. It is a day to remember. It is a day for us to remember the promise President Lincoln made to “care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

Remembering our fallen once a year is not enough. The widows, widowers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, and children remember every day. The empty seat at the dinner table, the smaller gathering on Thanksgiving, and the voice of a loved one heard only as a distant memory in one’s mind are constant reminders that they are gone.

We owe it to the heroes that died, and the loved ones left behind to make sure that their sacrifices are remembered and that their service to this nation always be honored.

The Episcopal Diocese of San Diego is committed to remembering the fallen and reaching out to their loved ones left behind. 

The office will be closed on Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Day holiday.


As the Graduation season has commenced, we want to offer a prayer of blessing for all graduates. If someone in your family is graduating from school this spring, please let the office know before Wednesday, May 29th. We will remember our graduates on Sunday, June 2nd. You may reply to this email, or email, or you may call Maria in the office at 619-422-4141.


St. John's Basket for the ECS Moonlight Ball

The Everything Chocolate basket St. John's donated to the ECS Moonlight Ball raised $265 for ECS ministries.

Items Needed for Blessings in a Bag

Supplies are needed for those who go without food or shelter. Please Click Here for all the items needed.

Outreach Collections

We will continue our ongoing collections for:

  • New Blankets - Domestic Violence Shelters (Denise Czer and Linda Dennehy)
  • Eyeglasses (Bob Dunn)
  • Greeting Cards - ECS Head Start (Judy McKay)
  • Clean, Gently Used Blankets - Dreams for Change (Bob Dunn)
  • Emergency Food Pantry - South Bay Community Services (Maria and Joe Love)
  • Blessings in a Bag - For our neighbors who live in need. Click here for a list of items you can donate to fill the bags.
  • Gently Used Clothing - Men's, women's and children's 

Items may be brought to Nale Hall on Sundays when we gather for worship.

You may also bring your items to the church during our weekday office hours,

Monday through Thursday from 9am to 3pm.

If you are not able to bring them, please contact the parish office, and we will pick up the items from your home.

St. John's Outreach Committee meets monthly to discuss our parish Outreach activities.

Please click on the following link for more information on our Outreach collection activities:

Outreach Ministries of St. John's


Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry

St. John's is a member of a national organization called "Prayers and Squares: The Prayer Quilt Ministry".

Prayers and Squares meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30-2:30 to sew. Participants will be shown how to make simple quilts for our Prayer Quilt Ministry. If you don't sew but would like to be a part of this ministry, there are many other quilt-making steps you can help with.

Please bring your own sewing machine and brown bag lunch. If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Lothspeich.

If you would like to request a Prayer Quilt for anyone in need of prayer and support, please contact Diane Gustafson ( or Maria (

This important ministry brings comfort and healing to many people who are suffering with illness.

Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study

Join us for Wednesday Morning Prayer and Bible Study

on Wednesdays at 9:30 am as a Zoom meeting.

Please contact Rev. Roger (

to be included in the Zoom meeting.

Morning Prayer will take a break on May 29th and will resume on June 5th.

Parish Prayer Lists

For Our Military

Matt Jensen, Drew Shorkey, Cody Crossland, Cameron Ronie, Chariti Paden, Mark Stanfield, Sean Robinson, Jonathan Martinez, TK Nguyen, Christopher Lindshield, Timothy Lindshield, Jeremy Colton, David Sanchez, Jonathan Baldera, Nick Wyatt, Jamal Warner, Devon Strunk, Matt Hernandez, Daniel Getreu, Taylor Harrold, Jorge Zuazua, Sebastian Morales, Roberto Chavez, Ryan Lothspeich, Andrew C. Dugger, Dan and Chelsey Nyaradi, Gen. G.C. Heinrich, Pedro Bonilla, and Patrick King.

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping 

all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad.

Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; 

strengthen them in their trials and temptations; 

give them courage to face the perils which beset them; 

and grant them a sense of your abiding presence 

wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Strength in Time of Need

Steve Magill, Gary and Shirley McCarren, the McClure family, Alec Hauer, Barbara Oliveira, Linda Longoria-Neff, Ann and Bill Rogers, Karen Polk, Bob Milam, Celia Vasquez, 

James Kellogg Burnham III, Jesse Brittain, Janie Burchartz, Dan Muwazi, Dan Thomas, 

Marcia Morris, and Mike Gollihur.

O God of heavenly powers, 

by the might of your command you drive away from our bodies 

all sickness and all infirmity: 

Be present in your goodness with your servants, 

that their weakness may be banished and their strength restored; 

and that, their health being renewed, they may bless your holy Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

For the Deceased

Pray for the repose of the soul of Robert (Bob) Smalley

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord;

And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Cycle of Prayers for the Church

In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the clergy and people of St. Thomas of Canterbury, Temecula and the children and teachers of St. Thomas Preschool. We pray for the Anglican Communion and the ministries of all its provinces.

In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we pray for the Church of the Province of Central Africa.  

In the Military Cycle of Prayer, we pray for Expeditionary Strike Group Three (ESG 3), Naval Station San Diego.


We Are Here For You!

If you, a family member, neighbor or a friend are interested in celebrating a significant event in your spiritual life, please know that you are welcome.

We would be honored to be a part of your Baptism, Holy Communion, Quinceañera, Marriage, Renewal of Vows or Anointing of the Sick.

At St. John's, no matter who you are or where you are on your spiritual journey - you are welcome here.

We Are Available in Your Time of Need

If you have a pastoral emergency when the parish offices are closed,
please call 619-301-0724 or email


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“Raise the Roof”

St. John’s Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign for Property Maintenance Reserve


Our loved ones raised the church with money and physical labor –

We must maintain their legacy


Property Maintenance Reserve Needs:


           New Roof for Church, Nale Hall and Graves Pavilion


           Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Units (11 HVAC Units)



Capital Campaign Goal:  $500,000


Capital Campaign Donations Received: $120,875

Percentage of Goal Achieved: 24%


The church exists as the People of God,

but also as the buildings from which God is served and worshiped.

Please consider a investing in St. John's with a donation to the Capital Campaign:

Capital Campaign Statement of Intent


Capital Campaign Committee: Bob Dunn (co-chair), Terry Farrelly (co-chair),

Tom Brzeczek, Denise Czer, Jane Ferguson, Rev. Roger Haenke

Upcoming Events at St. John's

  • Monday, May 27th: Memorial Day Holiday, Office Closed
  • Tuesday, May 28th: Sow and Grow - seedling planting with the children of ECS Head Start and students from The Bishop's School, 9:00am
  • Wednesday, June 5th: Outreach Meeting, 5pm via Zoom
  • Saturday, June 29th: Italian Dinner hosted by the Men of St. John's in Nale Hall, 5:30pm - Wine and Appetizer Social, 6:00pm - Dinner

Parish Office Hours and Contacts

The Parish Office will be open 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday.

Please call the parish office if you have any questions or concerns

(619-422-4141) or email

Rev. Roger will be in the office on Monday and Tuesday afternoons, and all day on Wednesday and Thursday. He is available by appointment. Please call the office to schedule an appointment.

In case of a pastoral emergency, Rev. Roger may be reached on his cell phone at



Courageous Love Campaign Update

By: Jason Evans, Canon for Mission

In 2019, the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego (EDSD) took a bold step towards a shared vision. We, as a vibrant, inclusive community of Jesus Christ’s followers, dedicated ourselves to spreading God’s transformative love far and wide. This ambitious vision was outlined in a strategic plan aimed at strengthening our congregations, fostering deeper connections with our neighbors through service, and, ultimately, the growth of our Church. Recognizing the need for additional resources to realize this vision, our Bishop Susan Brown Snook unveiled the Courageous Love Campaign during our diocese’s 50th-anniversary celebration in 2023, setting a fundraising target of $2.5 million.

Fast-forward to today, and the campaign’s results are nothing short of inspiring. With over $1 million in gifts and pledges, coupled with more than $750,000 in grants secured, the campaign is making remarkable progress toward its goal. One such initiative, the Congregational Evangelism and Service Grants program, is not just about financial support. It’s about empowering local congregations to bring their visions for community outreach and engagement to life, making a tangible difference in local communities. Read More

General Convention Ask Me Anything Zoom

May 29th, 5:30pm

Join Bishop Susan Brown Snook, the Rev. Hannah Wilder, and Rachel Ambasing for a live “Ask Me Anything About General Convention” Zoom session on May 29 at 5:30 pm. This is your opportunity to engage directly and ask any questions you have regarding the upcoming General Convention. Feel free to submit up to three questions for our speakers.

Click here for more information and to submit questions

Faith to Go Podcast

This week, Charlette shares a touching God-Sighting about the difficulty of Mother’s Day, and then she and David swap stories of nurturing, loving, and being challenged by children. Listen Here

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